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Gilded Age Cartoonists at Driehaus

See over 70 original satirical Gilded Age drawings


Dating back to 1877, Puck magazine used satire and full-color lithographs to call to attention the plights, corruptions and controversies of the Gilded Age. The magazine, started as a German-language publication by Austrian immigrant and cartoonist Joseph Keppler, Sr., continued publishing its boundary-pushing images and colorful critiques for 40 years. Now, the Driehaus Museum has a collection of nearly 75 images on display in the exhibit With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age. Stroll the halls of the ornate River North Gilded Age mansion, once owned by Chicago banker Samuel M. Nickerson, to view original drawings, cartoons and vintage magazines. The exhibit runs until January 8, 2017.

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